Latest News and Info:
Give to the Max for MN Music
Support Minnesota music on Thursday, November 14 as we present special concerts across the state to celebrate Give to the Max Day. You can enjoy live music from local artists like Caroline Smith and join them in supporting the only statewide nonprofit devoted to serving Minnesota's independent musicians. Even if you can't make it to one of these events, we hope you'll be able to make a tax-deductible donation. Any contribution made up until November 14 will help the MMC compete with other nonprofits for additional cash awards - a perfect opportunity to make your gift go further and support our mission to give artists the resources, skills and opportunities to have sustaining careers in music.
We hope you'll take this opportunity to give to the max for Minnesota music!
Caravan du Nord Returns to Greater MN
The Minnesota Music Coalition is proud to announce that they will be presenting the 3rd Annual Caravan du Nord, starting Friday, October 11. A traveling showcase of Minnesota music, the Caravan will bring 15 bands and solo artists to five historic theaters in Greater Minnesota for performances, workshops and community engagement. Fitting in with the MMC's mission to connect and support Minnesota's independent musicians, the Caravan du Nord brings together established regional artists to headline each show, emerging talents just starting to tour and artists local to each community--Austin, St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes, Winona and Red Wing. These three acts perform as part of a unique multi-genre concert, exposing new and local talent to audiences hungry for more live music. In addition to playing the show, the performers also participate in afternoon workshops, joining top industry professionals to teach business and creative skills to local musicians. In between the afternoon workshops and evening concerts, there will be a social hour giving local artists and community members an opportunity to network with the workshop leaders and panelists. Artists headlining this year's Caravan du Nord tour include Billboard-charting indie/folk band The Pines, rising hip hop star Astronautalis, nationally lauded pop band Night Moves, Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr and local rock luminaries The Honeydogs. For a full list of dates, venues and performers, click here.
MMC Party at Dakota 9/17
The MMC kicks off its fall programs with a free party at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 17. We'll start with a special social hour from 5-6:30 pm, where you can mingle with musicians and industry professionals over free appetizers. Hosted by BT of K-TWIN Radio, he will talk about the station's commitment to Minnesota music and community causes. Following the social hour at 7 pm, the Dakota presents a "Foodie Night," featuring a special dinner menu and music from local jazz/pop guitar trio Triose.
We hope you and your friends can join us!
Summit Brewing Celebrates Birthday with Backyard Bash Benefit for MMC
Tickets are on sale now for Summit Brewing's Backyard Bash on Saturday, September 7 from 12-8 pm! This annual birthday celebration is sponsored by 89.3 The Current and will feature a tasty mix of Minnesota bands, local food trucks and your favorite hometown brew.50% of ticket sales benefit the MMC so we hope you all will come out for this fun day of Minnesota music!
Hosted by The Current's Dave Campbell, the event will feature performances by The New Standards, Haley Bonar (full band), Night Moves, Lizzo (featuring Lazerbeak), Charlie Parr & Friends and the Secret Stash Soul Revue (The Valdons, Sonny Knight, Jackie Harris and Wanda Davis). Hotpants DJs will be spinning deep soul, rare funk vinyl between sets.
2013 MN Music Summit Rocks St. Paul
Thanks to all of you who attended our recent MN Music Summit in St. Paul! A smashing sucess, this 3-day festival featured workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry professionals and social networking opportunities for artists. The event was capped off by two packed high energy shows at Amsterdam Hall, featuring Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps and Charlie Parr as well as up-and-coming bands Bomba de Luz and Harakiri (pictured here). You can view more photos on our Facebook page. Big thanks to you and all our sponsors who helped make this 2nd annual event such a success--Summit Brewing, KFAI Radio, McNally Smith College of Music, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Innova and American Composers Forum.
Due to the overwhelming feedback of those who attended the Summit, we are proud to announce we'll be kicking off monthly artist workshops and quarterly networking events for those of you living in the Twin Cities. For the latest, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
MN Music Summit Returns
We are proud to announce the second annual MN Music Summit, taking place June 6-8 in downtown St. Paul. Building on last year's successful inaugural event, the 3-day festival will feature workshops, concerts and social networking opportunities for artists, fans and local industry movers and shakers. Thanks to the support of Summit Brewery, McNally Smith College of Music, Amsterdam Bar & Hall and KFAI Radio, all events are open to the public and free of charge.
The MN Music Summit kicks off with a social hour at Summit Brewery on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 pm. Musicians and fans will have the opportunity to mingle with the region's most important industry VIP's over free food and beer, tapping into the MMC's vast network of music supporters. On Friday, June 7 the Summit continues with publicity workshops at McNally Smith College of Music from 1-4 pm. The MMC's new Executive Director Ellen Stanley will lead a crash course in publicity and radio promotions, and there will be opportunities to sign up for brief one-on-one mentoring sessions with experts in grant-writing, booking and promotion. These workshops will be followed by a 6-7 pm happy hour at Amsterdam Bar, providing people with more time to network before the doors open at 7 pm for the concert, starring Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps, taking place at the Amsterdam's Hall Stage. Following the show, there will be an after-party with music by DJ Hot Pants. The Summit winds up Saturday, June 8 with another afternoon at McNally Smith with workshops focusing on funding opportunities for musicians and information on grant-writing. More mentoring sessions will be available as well. The 6-7 pm happy hour at Amsterdam will give musicians and fans one final time to network with each other before the the grand finale concert of the weekend, featuring Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr and other special guests. The MMC will also be raffling off special prizes throughout the night and giving an exclusive look at Summit Brewery's big Backyard Bash, coming up on September 7.
Full schedule here.
MMC Hires New Executive Director
We have a new Executive Director! The MMC is pleased to announce the addition of Ellen Stanley, as Executive Director starting April 30, 2013. Currently the Director of Publicity & Promotions at Grammy-winning indie label Red House Records, Ellen Stanley has an international reputation as one of the top music publicists in the country and has been voted one of the "Best in the Industry" by Americana DJ's five years running. She has an extensive background in the music business and has also worked as a fundraiser, festival organizer, radio promoter, booking agent, music writer and A&R rep. For the last ten years, she has produced and hosted Womenfolk, a weekly radio show on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis / 106.7 FM St. Paul. She also performs her own music under the name Mother Banjo.
Jerome Fund for New Music 2013
Do you make music? (The original, fresh, and not-necessarily-commercially-driven kind?)
Have an ambitious project in mind?
Would up to $8,500 help?
Do you live in MN or NYC?
MacPhail offers grant opportunities for performing musicians
With the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, MacPhail Center for Music awards fellowships which recognize and provide support for mid-career performing musicians.
If you are a performing musician, MacPhail Center for Music invites you to apply for a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. MacPhail awards four $25,000 fellowships to outstanding solo musicians or small ensembles. All finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium. For the winners this is considered part of their $25,000 award. Ensembles that are recognized as finalists and/or fellowship recipients will split awards between members; individual ensemble members will not each receive the full award amount. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
Complete info and application are available on the MacPhail Center For Music website.
The Caravan Du Nord 2012 is a wrap
The second-annual Caravan Du Nord brought an incredible roster of Minnesota musicians and bands to eight communities around the state. This year the Minnesota Music Coalition partnered with 89.3 The Current to bring some of the best and upcoming talent to arts venues in greater Minnesota. This year featured Haley Bonar, Mason Jennings, Jeremy Messersmith, Chastity Brown, Halloween, Alaska, Rogue Valley, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, Pert Near Sandstone, 4onthefloor, Charlie Parr, Me & My Arrow, Zoo Animal, Rogue Valley and many more. Each tour stop included afternoon workshops for musicians along with an evening concert. Check out Tapes 'n Tapes in Fergus Falls: